The Iraq funding bill is on the way to becoming law tonight. The measure is a victory for President Bush, but Democrats in Congress promise they will continue their fight to bring the war to an end.
The battle over funding for the Iraq war is over for now. The president got the bill he was hoping for. There is no timeline for troop withdrawal and once a deal was struck, there was no delay.
“The speaker and the leader said they would get it done by Memorial Day recess and they have, and I appreciate that very much,” Bush said, but Democrats vow to revisit this issue soon.
This emergency funding only lasts until September 2007. That could mean another fight in the fall over war funding for 2008.
“We are going to come back in other pieces of legislation on the very issue of the timeline, and keep coming back and coming back,” Representative Rahm Emanuel explained.
“I think that the president’s policy is going to begin to unravel now,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Republicans are signaling that even they expect change from the White House.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he expects the president to announce a new direction for the war when he’s ready.
“I think that the handwriting is on the wall - that we are going in a different direction in the fall and I expect the president to lead it,” McConnell said.
The bill Congress passed provides $95 billion in emergency funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 300 billion has been spent already on the Iraq war.